“The new Corolla Quest is not what it used to be” – Ntsako.
My launch story of the new Toyota Corolla Quest reads ‘New Toyota Corolla Quest is better than we initially thought’ and I still can not disagree with my initial findings after spending some time with Toyota’s latest offering, the new Corolla Quest.
The new Quest lives on in the shape of the outgoing 11th-gen Corolla sedan – just like what Volkswagen did with the current-gen Polo Vivo and the mk5 Polo model.
I spent time behind the wheel of the Corolla Quest in Exclusive guise with its six-speed manual gearbox plus a R307 400 price tag.
I will not go into details describing how the new Corolla looks because it retains the outgoing Corolla looks except for a few tweaks here and there. It also shares most of its stuff with other models in Toyota’s line-up such as Hilux and Fortuner models.
The Exclusive model features a partial colour-coded lower apron. One thing I found stunning is the lack of fog lights and that made the Corolla Quest look stunning.
At the rear, the number plate garnish has been changed from chrome to body colour.
The biggest change was the shying away from the 1.6-litre engine that lurked under the previous Quest’s bonnet to a much more potent 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated engine.
The change is easily noticed as soon as you push the start button. I can not fault how the Quest goes about its business. Yes, it beats its CVT counterpart as it offers an engaging drive as well as strong pulling power in all six gears (CVTs tend to drone). The 103 kW and 173 Nm indeed gets the job done.
In a bid to beat Toyota’s fuel consumption claim of 7.0l/100km meant exercising efficient driving. I managed to score 7.5l/100km which is slightly higher than what Toyota claims.
The interior has been beautifully designed with black leather interior and silver contrast stitching which is such a notable improvement over the outgoing model. As I mentioned earlier, the infotainment system has been borrowed from the Hilux and the lack of Apple CarPlay is quite a displeasure, however, the system carries its functions with so much ease.
The system incorporates a single USB port up front for charging devices, as well as integral Bluetooth connectivity.
It comes with air-conditioner, push start with keyless entry, TFT-colour instrument cluster, rain-sensing wipers and LED headlamps.
I indeed felt very safe while driving the new Corolla Quest as it comes standard with a Driver, Passenger and side and driver knee airbags. Vehicle Stability Control with Hill Assist Control, ABS, EBD, Isofix also come as standard.
- Beautifully designed
- Exceptional ride
- Fuel efficient
- Affordable at R307 400
- Lack of Apple CarPlay
What I say
Approach any Toyota owner and they will simply tell you how happy they are with their vehicle. That’s how much unshakeable reputation the brand has built for itself. The new Corolla Quest is not what it used to be, drives well, it’s safe and looks the part and it should continue to build on top of the outgoing model’s success in a world where buyers choose SUVs over sedans.
E-hailing services such as Uber and Bolt are sorted for days.
This article first appeared on @Whipdt